News - 2014 : May

May 31 2014
Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone's first-ever Kiss cover story mostly focused on the original lineup of the band: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. The Rock and Hall of Fame also chose to induct only those members – a decision Simmons and Stanley made quite clear that they opposed. They invited current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, current drummer Eric Singer and former guitarist Bruce Kulick (who played in the band from 1984 to 1995) to join them at their table for the April 10th ceremony, and thanked them from the stage for their contributions. In that spirit, here are Kisstory-spanning conversations with each of those musicians, culled from the cover-story transcripts.

Tommy Thayer

When Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent wore makeup in Kiss, they had new characters. Did you have any discomfort about simply wearing Ace's makeup?
No, first of all, I didn't have any input on that. That was a decision that those guys made. There was not even a conversation about it, because I think it was so obvious, that they weren't going to introduce new characters 30 years into the band. I never thought that there should be some new designs or something. I thought that would have been ridiculous. And the only thing is, you've got a lot of push-back from some of the diehards. And that's understandable. Hey, you know, if you lived in the Seventies and Kiss was your favorite band, and that's what you grew up with, and suddenly there's another guy wearing that makeup, I can understand how some people, it might not have appealed to them as much. But as time as gone by, a lot of people have changed their mind.

You can imagine what Ace has to say.
He probably wouldn't agree with that, would he?

May 31 2014
Hello KISS Army:

I just found out that one of my shots was chosen by Paul and Gene for the back cover of the 40th Anniversary CD.

It’s a good thing I was sitting down when Keith Leroux let me know about the cover.

The best part for me is that Keith and I were shooting the show in Toronto back in September of 2012. I took the shot and showed Keith right away in the pit and I remember him saying “that’s going to be in the next Tour Book!” Not only did it make the 40th Anniversary tour book, which blew me away, but to see it today on the back of the 40th Anniversary CD just topped it off !! Unbelievable!

Being a die-hard fan for almost 40 years, I can’t put into words what it felt like to see my shot included in the Tour Book and CD.

Many thanks to KISS, Keith Leroux and Dean Snowden for giving me a “shot” !!!

Terry Wilson
May 31 2014
Promo video for new KISS Rolling Stone Mexico covers:

May 31 2014
Why You Can’t Miss This Show:

Set the clock back to the '80s and pour some sugar on me. If there's one tour that will be nothing but hits, this is it. Whether you're more of a KISS fan or more of a Def Leppard aficionado there's something here for any rock fan. As any soldier in the KISS Army could tell you, this is KISS's 40th anniversary, so join the newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and rock and roll all night and party every day. Expect Pyro.
-- Melinda Newman

Openers: Kobra & The Lotus and The Dead Daisies will support the Tour in different markets.
May 30 2014
Attention, KISS Navy! For three years, you have come together with the loudest bands on Earth, upon the lonely expanse of the sea, and you have ROCKED!

Now it’s time to look to the future. KISS Navy, it is our honor to once again request your time, your talent, and your amazing rock and roll energy for The KISS Kruise IV!

Save the date, KISS maniacs! In 2014, we set sail from Miami on October 31st through November 4th, aboard the mighty Norwegian Pearl. In addition, this year we'll be throwing one krazy pre-party October 30th, on the boat! Halloween once again belongs to the KISS Navy, and your The KISS Kruise IV theme, if you choose to accept it, is: DRESSED TO KILL!
May 30 2014
'KISS 40' commemorates four decades of the band doing things their own way'

By Eric Shirley

2014 is a landmark year for the Hottest Band in the World. KISS started the year off by being inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and announcing a tour that will take them across the United States. Not a bad way to kick off the celebration of forty years of makeup, mayhem, and magic. The group now releases a new compilation album featuring one song off of every studio, compilation, and live album. They top it off with a few commercially unreleased tracks that will get their army even more heated up and ready to party with the band in a concert venue somewhere.

The songs off of their different albums aren't always the ones you'd expect the group to choose for "KISS 40." This just shows the guys thinking outside of the box again. Known for "Deuce" off their debut album, this time we get "Nothin' to Lose." Instead of the title track, we get "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll" from "Hotter than Hell." "Reason to Live" is the cut of choice from "Crazy Nights" versus the title track we got on past greatest hits collections.

I noticed quite a few softer songs were included on "KISS 40." There's plenty of room in a double disc set to commemorate the sensitive side of the band as well as the red-blooded macho one. Some good examples of this are "Shandi," "A World without Heroes," "Forever," "Beth," "Hold Me, Touch Me," "Nothing Can Keep Me from You," and "Reason to Live."

The real excitement for "KISS 40" is the unreleased tracks. All three of the live cuts are from concerts throughout the 2000s with Tommy Thayer on lead guitar and Eric Singer playing drums. The band sounds powerful and full of newfound energy and charisma. "Deuce" was recorded for an "Instant Live" CD in 2004. "Cold Gin" was captured off the Alive 35 tour from 2009. "Crazy Crazy Nights" is featured from their Sonic Boom over Europe run in 2010.

One track in particular off "KISS 40" raised my level of enthusiasm even higher than it already was. The chance to get my hands on an unreleased demo from 1977 entitled "Reputation" had me in overdrive. The song perfectly reflects what the band was doing at that time in their career. The background vocals are reminiscent of the ones heard on "Tomorrow and Tonight" and "Got Love for Sale" off of "Love Gun." It goes without saying the song was obviously written to be included on that album since the years match up. The lead guitar is made up of the great melodic lines Ace Frehley was laying down at that time. Gene's vocals mirror those of "Plaster Caster" and "Christine Sixteen" as well.

"KISS 40" is a well-rounded example of a band that has withstood the test of time and soldiered on through thick and thin doing things their own way. It features great examples of the band's live performances over the years. The album also stands as a testament to the different band members who came, went, and are still playing with the group. Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Bruce Kulick, Mark St. John, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer are all well represented here. "KISS 40" shows the power of a band whose legend will endure for decades to come.
May 30 2014

Military veterans in the Kansas City metro area got a big boost Thursday night thanks to a couple of members of the legendary rock and roll band KISS.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley opened a new restaurant in Overland Park called Rock and Brews. It was packed all day with customers helping raise money for the Kansas City VA Medical Center’s adaptive sports program.

Thursday night 400 people enjoyed the red carpet treatment and learned first-hand why Simmons and Stanley like to help others.
“You know what you’re capable of, there’s always somebody in need. We make the world a better place by giving to other people and it makes us feel good too,” Stanley said.

The Rock and Brews location will be kid and dog friendly.
May 30 2014
KISS members celebrate restaurant's opening with vets' luncheon

WSMV Channel 4
May 29 2014
KISS co-founders Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley visit their Overland Park restaurant

By JOYCE SMITH / The Kansas City Star

KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are in town for a benefit at their new Rock & Brews restaurant on Thursday, an event that quickly sold out.

But they also are scheduled to have a bite at the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. tonight, May 28. It will be a casual way for fans to stop by to say hello and take photos.

Simmons and Stanley are co-founders of the Rock & Brews restaurants, which offer craft beers, premium wines and a full bar. The menu includes “opening acts” like chipotle chili cheese fries, Mexican street corn and Bavarian pretzels; “VIP” salads including Tuscan Kale and Tequila Sunrise steak; hand-crafted burgers and “Headliner” sandwiches like pulled pork or sesame-seed crusted seared Ahi; “frontrow“ specialty pizzas; and other items like fish and chips, Memphis-style baby back ribs, chocolate-filled French doughnuts with raspberry sauce, and “real” beer floats.

The Overland Park restaurant is in the new Prairiefire center at 5701 W. 135th St.

The first Rock & Brews opened in the Los Angeles area in 2009. Now there are three Rock & Brews there, one in Los Cabos, Mexico, and another in Maui. Restaurants also are in development in Arizona, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.
May 29 2014
Here's Paul Stanley at the new Rock and Brews in Overland Park, Kansas today.
May 29 2014
LA KISS Limited Edition Bobblehead Nights Are Coming! Find out more at and get your tickets now!
May 29 2014

Check out this KISS-ified poster for an event organized by the Academy of Music Franz Liszt in Ecuador.

Thanks to Paul Tapia S. for sharing with KISS!
May 28 2014
Rock and Brews Kansas City is OPEN and ROCKIN'! Amazing vibe, great food and beer and AWESOME people!
May 28 2014
by: Mikey Baird

For 40 years they have been known as The Greatest Show On Earth’. 40 years!!!! That is what you call staying power and the thing about KISS is, that like bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, etc, it doesn’t matter if you weren’t born when the band started. This band are legendary. KISS are timeless. That is something you can only say about a chosen few.

KISS revolutionised how you market a band, especially on the merchandise front. You know when you go to a gig and you can buy all sorts of ridiculous bits of merch? Yep, that is all the fault of KISS. Toys, comics, pack lunch boxes, hell even coffins and condoms. It is without exaggeration that I can say, if you can buy it then KISS have their own version of it. They became more than just another rock band from NYC, they became a global brand. To be quite honest, nobody does it better. The image of the band is just as iconic as the music. The Demon, Star Child, Space Ace and the … *cough*…. Catman. Their make up is probably as recognisable as the McDonalds logo.
May 28 2014
Jr High concert - KISS make-up!

Thought you would get a kick out of this pic of my 13 year old's concert last night. We're big KISS fans in our family! :)

Kimberly Mungle
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